FX Orders 13-Episode First Season of Comedian Jim Jeffries Series LEGIT

     June 6, 2012

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Last fall we learned that hilarious Australian comedian Jim Jeffries was following in the footsteps of Wilfred (a remake of a comedy series from down under) by setting up a comedy pilot called Legit at FX. Now the network has finally placed an order for a 13-episode first season. The new series follows a comedian named Jim (no surprise there) and his misguided attempts to become legitimate in life. I feel like this kind of series is a rite of passage for any comedian on the rise. More details after the jump.

jim-jeffries-legitJoining Jeffries in the series in Dan Bakkedahl as his encouraging friend Steve and D.J. Qualls as Steve’s brother Billy. Peter O’Fallon (of The Riches with Eddie Izzard) co-created the series with Jeffries and also directed the pilot which will debut in January of 2013. This could easily be Jeffries version of Louie, but the difference is that without a family, and the addition of a rude, laid back, fuck-it-all kind of attitude, this will have a different comedic tone for sure.

Jeffries says, “I couldn’t be happier than getting to do this show. FX has set the bar so high with shows like Louie and Sunny, but I believe Peter and I have created something special. The cast is amazing and FX has given us all the freedom we need. I can’t wait for people to see it.” If there’s one place on cable that isn’t a network you have to specifically pay for, it’s FX, a network who has some of the most edgy comedy on basic cable. For a taste of Jeffries comedic stylings check out the video below and keep reading if you want to see the whole press release from FX.

Here’s the press release:

LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2012 – FX has placed an order for 13 epsiodes of a new scripted comedy series Legit, starring Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, announced Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming for FX.

Co-created by Peter O’Fallon and Jefferies, Legit is about a comedian, “Jim” (Jefferies) and his misguided attempts to become legitimate in life.  He is encouraged in his quest by his best friend “Steve” (Dan Bakkedahl), and Steve’s brother “Billy” (D.J. Qualls).  O’Fallon (The Riches), Jefferies and Rick Cleveland (Nurse JackieMad Men) serve as Executive Producers.  Lisa Blum of New Wave Entertainment is also an executive producer. The pilot episode was directed by O’Fallon. The series is produced by FX Productions. The series is scheduled to debut in January of 2013.

“We really love the pilot that Peter and Jim shot,” said Grad.  “This is going to be a breakout vehicle for Jim. He has such a unique voice which is the common trait of any great comedian.  It just happens to be spoken with an Australian accent.”

“I couldn’t be happier than getting to do this show,” said Jefferies.  “FX has set the bar so high with shows like Louie and Sunny, but I believe Peter and I have created something special. The cast is amazing and FX has given us all the freedom we need. I can’t wait for people to see it.”

O’Fallon added, “I have worked on many shows in many roles, but I have never had more fun on a set or anywhere for that matter than I did working on this show. Jim is one the funniest, smartest men I have ever met. FX, as always, was incredibly helpful and made it the best experience I could have imagined.”

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